Ashwani Lohani

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Air India flight to bring back 400 Indians from China

31 Jan 2020

Air India flight to bring back 400 Indians from China

India will soon bring back around 400 Indians from China's Wuhan, which has been reeling under a deadly coronavirus outbreak.

Server problem affects Air India flights across world, passengers furious

27 Apr 2019

Server problem affects Air India flights across world, passengers furious

On Friday, all domestic and international flights of Air India were affected after the airline suffered a server issue, making passengers angry.

German bullet train could reduce Chennai-Bengaluru travel time to 2hrs

24 Nov 2018

German bullet train could reduce Chennai-Bengaluru travel time to 2hrs

Travelling between Chennai and Bengaluru might get a lot easier and faster soon.

#AmritsarTrainTragedy: Over 60 dead, horror captured-on-camera, railways calls it trespassing

20 Oct 2018

#AmritsarTrainTragedy: Over 60 dead, horror captured-on-camera, railways calls it trespassing

At least 60 were killed and 77 injured after a train mowed people reveling in Dussehra celebrations near Amritsar on Friday.

UP: New Farakka Express derails near Rae Bareli, five dead

10 Oct 2018

UP: New Farakka Express derails near Rae Bareli, five dead

On Wednesday morning, five coaches, and the engine, of Delhi bound New Farakka Express derailed near Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh, killing 5.

MP: Railways to create infrastructure to preserve Patalpani-Kalakund rail line

06 Sep 2018

MP: Railways to create infrastructure to preserve Patalpani-Kalakund rail line

The Railways today announced that it would create an infrastructure to preserve the British-era Patalpani-Kalakund meter gauge rail line which is part of Western Railway's Ratlam division in Madhya Pradesh.

Northern Railway's women workers demand apron over uniform

10 Aug 2018

Northern Railway's women workers demand apron over uniform

Women workers of Northern Railway have written to the Railway Board saying that given the lack of changing room for them at most stations, their uniform should be restricted to an apron which can be worn over their regular clothes.

Passenger's tweet saves 26 minor girls from being trafficked

07 Jul 2018

Passenger's tweet saves 26 minor girls from being trafficked

Thanks to a tweet by a passenger, 26 underage girls who were being trafficked via the Muzaffarpur-Bandra Awadh Express were rescued by the GRP and the RPF.

Unsure about food quality on trains? Live-stream preparations from base-kitchens!

05 Jul 2018

Unsure about food quality on trains? Live-stream preparations from base-kitchens!

In a first of its kind initiative, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) now allows passengers to live-stream base kitchens to see how the food served on trains is actually prepared.

Railways announces exam details for over 1L vacancies

04 Jul 2018

Railways announces exam details for over 1L vacancies

The Indian Railways has announced exam details for 1.16L posts, for which it has received 2.27cr applications.

Railways' 'jugaad': Zones change official train timings to prevent 'delays'

28 Jun 2018

Railways' 'jugaad': Zones change official train timings to prevent 'delays'

Earlier this month, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal took heed of the ongoing train delays and warned top zonal officials: if they didn't improve punctuality within a month, their appraisal would be deferred.

Vadodara: Train launched in 1879 makes its final run

24 May 2018

Vadodara: Train launched in 1879 makes its final run

The historic passenger train running between Dabhoi and Chandod railway stations in Vadodara district today embarked on its last journey at its usual time at 8 am, to pave way for the conversion of narrow gauge line into broad gauge.

Deadline 2019: Monthly targets for zones from Railways Board

18 May 2018

Deadline 2019: Monthly targets for zones from Railways Board

With general elections just a year away, the railways has set monthly targets for the completion of its major projects with an aim to finish work in time for the country to go to polls in 2019.

Do train delays frustrate you? They are here to stay

15 May 2018

Do train delays frustrate you? They are here to stay

As frustrating as train delays are, there will be no signs of its improvement in the coming months, said Railways Board chairman Ashwani Lohani.

Railways clocks abysmal punctuality figures, thanks to massive maintenance work

05 May 2018

Railways clocks abysmal punctuality figures, thanks to massive maintenance work

On one hand, Indian Railways registered one of its best safety records in decades. On the other, its performance in punctuality was abysmal.

After UP accident, Railways says will remove unmanned-crossings in 2-years

26 Apr 2018

After UP accident, Railways says will remove unmanned-crossings in 2-years

Hours after 13 children were killed in UP after their vehicle was hit by a train, the Railways has said that it plans to "completely eliminate" unmanned level crossings by March 31, 2020.

Piyush Goyal orders inquiry into Kushinagar train-school van accident

26 Apr 2018

Piyush Goyal orders inquiry into Kushinagar train-school van accident

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal today ordered an inquiry into Kushinagar train-school van accident and announced a compensation of Rs. 2L for the kin of deceased.

Railways paints coaches in new color for vibrant look

26 Apr 2018

Railways paints coaches in new color for vibrant look

The Railways has painted a number of dark blue color train coaches in yellowish tan and teak to give them a vibrant look.

'Tu', 'Tum' unacceptable, address juniors as 'aap', directs Railways Chairman

23 Apr 2018

'Tu', 'Tum' unacceptable, address juniors as 'aap', directs Railways Chairman

In a bid to end VIP culture in Railways, Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani has directed senior officials to address subordinates as 'aap' and do away with 'tum' or 'tu'.

Railways' biggest recruitment-drive to cost Rs. 300cr, take a year

22 Apr 2018

Railways' biggest recruitment-drive to cost Rs. 300cr, take a year

The Railways has received a whopping 2.5cr applications for its biggest recruitment drive for 90,000 lower-level posts: 47.5L applications for 26,500 Automotive Loco Pilot positions, and 1.89cr for 62,907 Group-D positions (track maintainer, pointsman, switchman, helper, porter).

Railways: Number of accident-casualties decrease 50%, lowest in 18 years

10 Apr 2018

Railways: Number of accident-casualties decrease 50%, lowest in 18 years

Days earlier, data showed that number of accidents in Indian Railways fell to two-digit figures for the first time in 35 years.

Fewer than 100 railway-accidents for first time in 35 years

01 Apr 2018

Fewer than 100 railway-accidents for first time in 35 years

Despite a series of fatal derailments in 2017, the Indian Railways has achieved one of its best safety records in decades this financial year.

Think out of the box for better productivity: Railway Chairman

02 Mar 2018

Think out of the box for better productivity: Railway Chairman

Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani has asked officers of the national transporter to think out-of-the-box for better productivity, enhanced earnings, and improved infrastructure.

Central Railway headquarters to move out of Mumbai's iconic CST

03 Dec 2017

Central Railway headquarters to move out of Mumbai's iconic CST

The headquarters of Central Railway (CR) will soon move out of Mumbai's iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSTM), making way for a "world-class rail museum" to preserve the heritage site.

Pradeep Kharola replaces Rajeev Bansal as new Air India CMD

28 Nov 2017

Pradeep Kharola replaces Rajeev Bansal as new Air India CMD

Senior IAS officer Pradeep Singh Kharola has been appointed as the Chairman and managing director of Air India (AI).

IndiGo staff assaults passenger, employee who recorded video sacked instead

08 Nov 2017

IndiGo staff assaults passenger, employee who recorded video sacked instead

There was outrage on social media after a video of IndiGo staff dragging and thrashing a passenger at the Delhi Airport went viral.

No confirmed Rajdhani AC-I/II tickets? Fly Air India instead

23 Oct 2017

No confirmed Rajdhani AC-I/II tickets? Fly Air India instead

Now that former Air India chairman Ashwani Lohani is the Railway Board chairman, he is looking to implement a scheme where railway passengers with unconfirmed tickets can fly to their destination instead.

Railways' new anti-VIP culture guidelines extend to senior staff's homes

08 Oct 2017

Railways' new anti-VIP culture guidelines extend to senior staff's homes

Indian Railways has intensified its fight against VIP culture. In an unprecedented move, it has scrapped a 36-year-old protocol that requires general managers to be present at the airport when railway board members are arriving or departing from regional visits.

Before privatization, clear our dues, appeals AI pilots to Center

07 Sep 2017

Before privatization, clear our dues, appeals AI pilots to Center

Privatization will be supported if the pending allowances are cleared.

I take full responsibility: Suresh Prabhu after two train derailments

23 Aug 2017

I take full responsibility: Suresh Prabhu after two train derailments

Following the fatal Utkal Express and Kaifiyat Express derailments in four days, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has taken "full moral responsibility".

Air India owns a flat worth Rs. 10.36 crore. Why?

21 Aug 2017

Air India owns a flat worth Rs. 10.36 crore. Why?

The Maharaja aka Air India, after two failed attempts, will again try to auction some of its prime properties in Mumbai.

Utkal Exp derailment: Railways takes action against eight officials

21 Aug 2017

Utkal Exp derailment: Railways takes action against eight officials

The Railways has suspended a senior divisional engineer, a senior section engineer, an assistant engineer and a junior engineer after the Utkal Express derailment that killed 23.

Air India's missing paintings: Case solved with Jatin Das' recovery?

21 Jul 2017

Air India's missing paintings: Case solved with Jatin Das' recovery?

A fortnight after the reports first emerged, Air India has solved the mystery of its missing paintings: it has received a lost Jatin Das artwork by courier, sent from a fictitious-address.

Yes, it will be corporate culture for Air India staff

20 Jul 2017

Yes, it will be corporate culture for Air India staff

With the complete overhauling of Air India in the offing, Air India chairman Ashwani Lohani has asked the staff to be ready for a complete change in work culture.

No sambar-vada, sandwiches, juice for DGCA

15 Jul 2017

No sambar-vada, sandwiches, juice for DGCA

After Air India decided to stop serving non-veg food, DGCA has announced that it would discontinue serving special food items to its workers during official meetings to save funds.

No more non-veg meals for Air India's domestic economy passengers

10 Jul 2017

No more non-veg meals for Air India's domestic economy passengers

Air India has stopped serving non-vegetarian meals to economy passengers on domestic flights. Business class passengers can still avail them though.

Air India's paintings vanish from HQ, reappear in open market

07 Jul 2017

Air India's paintings vanish from HQ, reappear in open market

Trouble appears to be a constant companion of the Maharaja. Air India, after many summers of failed revival, is finally prepped up for disinvestment.

CBI to probe UPA's aviation ministry decisions, files 3 FIRs

30 May 2017

CBI to probe UPA's aviation ministry decisions, files 3 FIRs

The CBI has registered a preliminary inquiry into the merger of Air India and Indian Airlines saying the merger resulted in heavy losses to Indian taxpayers.

AI to fine unruly passengers up to Rs.15 lakh fine

17 Apr 2017

AI to fine unruly passengers up to Rs.15 lakh fine

To tackle the menace of unruly passengers Air India will impose a fine of up to Rs. 15 lakh for unruly passengers who cause delays of 2 hours or more.

More autonomy for AI airport managers to check unruly flyers

17 Apr 2017

More autonomy for AI airport managers to check unruly flyers

Air India is mulling more autonomy to its airport managers to check incidents of unruly passengers.